In writing about the Khawaja trial in Canada, Christie Blatchford exposes with a single observation the utter intellectual vacuity of the “Islam Is A Religion Of Peace That Has Been Hijacked By A Tiny Minority Of Extremists” idea: “Not a soul appears to have said, ‘Brother, you know this stuff ain’t sanctioned by the old Koran.'”
Because, of course, it is.
“‘Down with the J,’ and out of their senses,” by Christie Blatchford in the Globe and Mail, June 24 (thanks to Mentat):
[…] Though the group was arrested for the specific bomb plot, they spoke of other possible targets, everything from assassinating Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to sending one man to Israel on a suicide mission to dreamy operations such as contaminating the English waterways with poison, poisoning the beer at soccer stadiums (how British!) or opening up fast food stands that would sell – guess what – poisoned food. […]
He allegedly convinced an Ottawa Muslim woman to do some terrorist banking for him (she will testify here later) and he told the ex-fiancÃ©e (she will testify via video link) once that “Not a day goes by that I don’t wish to be on the front lines with the mujahadeen” and that “civilian deaths are inevitable and permissible” in the Koran. He allegedly told the fiancÃ©e’s online replacement that Osama bin Laden was his “most beloved person” and that he longed “to kiss his beloved hand.” When he heard, once, that Pakistani troops had Al-Qaeda members cornered, he allegedly was on the phone to the cell leader, offering to ride to the rescue.
And of all the people in all the places that Mr. Khawaja went, in person or online, in Ottawa or London or Pakistan or cyberspace, the fiercest resistance he seems to have encountered consisted of gentle, qualified cautions – to tone down the rhetoric or take more precautions.
Not a soul appears to have said, “Brother, you know this stuff ain’t sanctioned by the old Koran.”
No surprise to anyone who is informed on these issues — as few as those people may be. Read it all.